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's response to hurricane sandy. i've of like to thank our witnesses that will be testifying in just a moment. i will introduce them in just a moment. let me make a couple of opening statements. we are here today to evaluate the response and recovery effort in the aftermath of hurricane same day as the largest ice storm in u.s. history. hurricane zandi claimed the lives of 130 to americans, it damaging and destroying more than 600,000 homes and 459,000 businesses leaving more than 8.5 million families with out fire or running water. most of the power grid has been turned back on. they're still communities that are challenged. the scale has treated significant challenges. this a require a sustained effort a part of the local officials. voluntary earlier this week i had the chance to tour some of the tristate area. they took the opportunity to tour the area. we have both republicans and democrats with their eyes on the disaster. one of the reasons we are here today is to make sure the federal government is doing everything in its power to assist the thousands of small businesses that have been
. >> the democrats are not so optimistic about new jersey. they are optimistic about virginia. sandy seemed to be pretty good thing for chris christie. >> the attorney general who typically in virginia waits his turn and then ms. of tulips and the governor has decided to run for governor. -- and then goes up for governor has decided to run. he is not happy about this. he is thinking about running as an independent. that would all but guaranteed the former democratic national committee chairman of the governor of virginia. if you had some of the five years ago i would probably have called you nouts. >> wisconsin, scott walker is coming out of the successful recall. he has talked about as a very high presidential hopeful for 2016. president obama have a pretty sizable victory in wisconsin last month. i suspect the democrats will want to beat scott walker and get him out of the mix for 2016. >> to be continued. erin mcpike, reid wlison, thank you for being with us on "newsmakers" this sunday. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite c
with at sandy hook is that the firearm industry's association their headquarters are located just across the highway from the sandy hook elementary school and while focusing on large capacity weapons is important, i also have a bill, hr 66 a. legislation aimed at establishing a nationwide system for prohibiting unlicensed gun ownership and granting the u.s. attorney general broader authority on the program. as sad as the sandy hook incident is for all of us, we must be cognizant of the fact that gun violence has been terrorizing neighborhoods in chicago, detroit, houston, washington washington, d.c. for over decades now. one of my local newspapers, the "chicago tribune," reports that at the end of march, murders in my city had spiked almost 60%. and as of june, homicides in chicago were up almost 20% over last year. 488 murders to date. ranging from 18 months to 19 years. these are americans also shot down like dogs in the street. as i recall being in the hospital room when my son was pronounced dead, there was a primal scream that came from his sister, his mother. it wasn't a scream of
.3 billion in transportation-related damages due to superstorm sandy. of that total, the new york mta suffered about 5 billion in dages. it's huge. i never saw anything like it. we have the longest underground tunnel in the world in the brooklyn battery tunnel. i take it almost every day i'm in new york city because my home in brooklyn is connected to it. it was totally filled with water. both tubes, from one end to the other, from the manhattan end to the brooklyn end. ere were close to 100 million gallons of water that had to be pumped out of that tunnel and it's still not back up to snuff. that's one of many examples. there's so many. the mta did a very good job. i want to congratulate joe lhota. they moved their rolling stock to high ground. tried to barricade this awful flood in the best way they could. boy, it's awful. the mta is the largest public transportation system in the country. it's the life blood of new york. it's our circulatory system. 3.5 million people g on and off manhattan island every day to work. wow. 3.5 million people. i guess that's more than the people in mi
- school, an interfaith vigil for those killed at sandy hook elementary school. earlier, the president met with families of the victims of -- families of the victims and first responders. and also expected tonight at the vigil, conn. governor dannel malloy. in the audience, we have seen senator joseph lieberman and richard blumenthal, and incoming senator chris murphy. he is currently a congressman. new town is in his district. -- newtown, conn. is in his district. a number of them speaking since the shooting happened on friday. ♪ >> you are watching live coverage here on c-span where in newtown, conn. at newtown high school, president obama will be speaking. he has been speaking with family members of victims at the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school. he wrote his own speech tonight that he is going to be delivering. this is the fourth time president obama has had to travel to visit the victims of a mass shooting. in 2009, their war of the shootings at fort hood, texas. in 2010, the shootings in tucson that when did representative gabrielle giffords. and most recently, the mo
in discussing the recent super storm sandy. it's devastation has greatly impacted my district and other districts. in examination of the reliability in the wake of sandy is a portrait mike democratic colleagues sent a letter requesting a hearing following the storm. it seems communication services failed to perform as needed during and after the storm. power outages and bloods disrupted many types of communications, including wireless, tv, phone and internet. the storm knocked out a quarter of the cell towers in an area spreading across 10 states, leaving millions of cell phone users unable to make calls. i have three questions i wanted to ask chairman genachowski. what are you doing to ensure the reliability of the communication networks during and after national -- natural disasters? what steps are under way to identify best practices necessary to address the vulnerabilities in our communications infrastructure? >> let me try to cover a little ground. the devastation in new jersey was a tremendous beijing was tremendous -- was tremendous. our 24/7 operation center played in this disas
until they cleared out so they could put a new roof on because of sandy. they said, what are you saving the stuff for? i thought, this is what i am saving it for. my number is 108. i was not a lowest ranking person there. it was a room where food was consumed, but there was a whole lot of staffing and it went on and on until 2:00 at night sometimes. very little happened in the way of progress. until the much smaller group, the 8 people, largely without staff met in speaker foley's offices. there was an agreement reached which, as was pointed out, did not pass the hurdle but got halfway down the track and was a symbol of progress. that progress in part was the result of miss judgment on the part of some important players. i would say, senator byrd was convinced that the caps that were part of the agreement and insisted upon were not going to work. they were very modest for the first couple of years. the view was this would not stick for a long period of time. so we could sign on to that. let me close with just saying a few words about why this agreement seems to be viewed as a great succ
could not do it without [inaudible] sandy atoms of florida, still young enough to continue her fight for nasa. -- sandy adams of florida, still young enough to continue her fight for nasa. he made the mistake of opening up questions, and the way the russians ask questions, they make a 50 minute speech, but after the speech this said, if you love us so much, why do you still have all those guns pointed towards us. dan and i were way back away from them. there was a real between us. they cannot hear what i said to him. i said, tell the s.o.b. i don't trust him. he said they would run both of us out there. his son is a very fine young man, did a wonderful job as vice chairman of this committee. we will miss the young man. how do you lose a guy like jeff cravaack? very knowledgeable, fought for everything that was right. he served with me on -- i believe we served together on the transportation committee. is lynn here yet? she is not here. brad miller of north carolina. i have learned something from him, several things. he goes back to one of the better law practices in north carolina. a
the pieces from hurricane sandy. >> thank you for all you have done this year on behalf of your fellow americans to. >> on behalf of my favorite americans, michelle, malia, sasha, mary christmas, everybody. >> happy holidays. >> unless president obama and congress take action, tax rates will go on everyone on gingrey first. the day after that, and mandatory sequester will go into effect -- january 1st. the day after that, and mandatory sequester will go into effect. on the 10th of may, we pass legislation that would replace the sequester which irresponsible spending cuts. the events of this past week make clearer than ever that these measures reflect the will of the house. the american people reelected president obama on election day. the also elected a republican majority in the house. they give us all the mandate. not a mandate to raise taxes on families of small businesses, and meant it for us to work together to begin solving the massive debt that threatens our future. the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject an veto all of our proposals waffling to offer responsible
agriculture economy." we go to california next, a democratic line, sandy, go ahead. caller: i think the republicans ought to realize it is time they stop playing politics and started governing the nation. they have not done that for over two years. there is nothing to negotiate. obama has laid down the terms. he won over 50% of the vote. the democratic candidates in both houses one over 50% of the people voting. when are the republicans going to deal in reality and joined the main geordie -- join the majority of the american people and start governing this great nation of ours? host: that is a look at the capitol. we expect the house back in as soon as 20 minutes. the senate also should not be out much longer. we are waiting for possible comments from majority leader harry reid and other senators on where things stand on the fiscal cliff negotiations. a proposal was submitted to the democrats last night from senator mcconnell's office. aline on our independent line from tennessee. you are on the air. caller: i like to ask the people governing the senate and congress and everyone els
sandy, which caused unprecedented damage. after efforts to restore services, we saw a picture of how the central the northeast corridor is to put the economy and a way of life. it makes you think, what of alexander cassatt, the president of the pennsylvania railroad, would have thought in the 19th century? today penn station accommodates 550,000 passengers today. in 1900, those tunnels were called to expensive, impossible to build. some of cassatt's shareholders thought he was nuts, but can you imagine new york today without it? sandy showed us what new york was without it. it is up to us to create division to do the planning, to execute the project that will ensure we hold true to the basic promise come as the secretary said last week that the america is greater and stronger than the mayor cut our parents left for us, i look forward to answering your questions. >> thank you. i have one quick thing. have you read that book? >> yes, i have, with great interest. >> you are recognized. welcome back. >> thank you, and thank you for your service. one of the other things i would like to th
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